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He says repeal would benefit Illinois
10:48 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Schock Says Provision Prevents Medicaid Reform

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-18, IL) at Macomb High School

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock (R-18) says a provision of the Affordable Care Act prevents Illinois from enacting serious Medicaid reform. That provision prevents states from reducing benefits or tightening requirements to qualify for Medicaid.

The House has passed a measure to repeal that provision.

Schock says, “They (federal government) have Illinois trapped right now in a situation where they can't reduce their budget deficit, reduce their spending.”

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Big Issues Remain Unresolved
3:35 pm
Sun May 13, 2012

Crunch Time for Illinois Lawmakers

The Illinois Capitol building

Illinois lawmakers are heading into the home stretch of their 2012 session. But they still need to approve a budget before they can adjourn.

They've been working for months to try figuring out how  they can cut two of the state's biggest expenses:  pensions  and Medicaid.

Some lawmakers are not pleased with the pace.

"Well, why would you be concerned? We've got two and a half weeks left.  We've got all the time in the world to fix our problems here in the state of Illinois,” remarked Representative Joe Lyons (D-Chicago).

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$4 million project on U.S. 67 north of Macomb
3:55 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Bridge Replacement to Begin

U.S. 67 bridge slated for replacement

The first of two bridges north of Macomb on U.S. 67 will be replaced this construction season. They're located one mile south of the intersection with Highway 9.

Crews will begin the $4 million project May 14th.

Bill Lewis is the construction field engineer for the project. County Contractors, Inc. of Quincy will do the work.

He says, “The schedule's pretty tight for them to get that first structure done this year. So they'll jump into that right away.”

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Swanson served 14 years on the board
3:36 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Annual Tree Planting Honors Former Tree Board Member

Former Tree Board Chairman Randy Powelll and newly-planted oak tree

The oak tree planted in Macomb's Chandler Park this year has a plaque at its base. The plaque honors the late Bob Swanson.

Swanson was a nurseryman who grew his beyond his profession into volunteering to  plant trees in Macomb.

He was one of the original members of the city's Tree Board 20 years ago.

Former Mayor Tom Carper appointed him at that time.

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Money from Demolition Fund
7:01 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Keokuk to Repair Downtown Building

Keokuk is ready to do something about the former Flowers by Daryl building at 707 Main Street.

Code Enforcement Officer Kathie Mahoney says a majority of the building’s exterior is in good shape, but she says the rear portion of the structure is basically gone.

The city has received one bid of just under $8,700 to repair the building.

Mayor Tom Marion says Keokuk does not want to see another vacant Main Street lot.

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